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Korea's Globalization


  • 1 b/w illus. 26 tables
  • Page extent: 326 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.65 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 338.9519
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: HC467 .K6265 2000
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Korea--Economic policy
    • Korea--Social policy

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521772723 | ISBN-10: 0521772729)

South Korea has cast its lot with globalization arguably to a greater extent than any other Asian country in the post-Cold War era. This book, edited by Samuel Kim, presents a sustained analysis of Korea's globalization and its ramifications for all aspects of the Korean state and society. The authors critically probe the promise and performance and the myths and realities of Korea's globalization drive. Each chapter is a case study designed to explain how globalization works and what its positive or negative consequences are for the Korean state and society. They examine the effects of internationalization on business conglomerates, workers and labor unions, women, foreign migrant workers, the military, politicians, and government officials. More broadly, they examine how Korea, as a newly industrialized and newly democratizing country, is coping with the twin challenges of democratic consolidation from below and within and globalization from above and without.

• This is the first and only sustained and structured analysis of Korea's globalization drive available in English • Offers a broad conceptual framework with case studies


1. Korea and globalization (Segyehwa): a framework for analysis Samuel S. Kim; 2. Globalization and strategic choice in South Korea: economic reform and labor Barry K. Gills and Dongsook S. Gills; 3. Globalization and workers in South Korea Yong Cheol Kim and Chung-in Moon; 4. Segyehwa reform of the South Korean developmental state C. S. Eliot Kang; 5. Globalization of the South Korean Chaebol Eun Mee Kim; 6. Overcome by globalization? The rise of women's policy in South Korea Seungsook Moon; 7. Strangers in the midst of globalization: migrant workers and Korean Nationalism Katherine H. S. Moon; 8. South Korean Foreign relations faces the globalization challenges Chae-jin Lee; 9. Segyehwa, the Republic of Korea, and the United Nations B. C. Koh; 10. The security domain of South Korea's globalization Victor Cha; 11. Korea's globalization drive: promise versus performance Samuel S. Kim.


Samuel S. Kim, Barry K. Gills, Dongsook Gills, Yong Cheol Kim, Chung-in Moon, C. S. Eliot Kang, Eun Mee Kim, Seungsook Moon, Katherine H. S. Moon, Chae-jin Lee, B. C. Koh, Victor Cha

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